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Hyundai Supplier To Reinstate, Compensate Whistleblower Who Raised Safety Concerns

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A Selma, Ala., plant that manufactures seats for Hyundai vehicles has agreed to drop its lawsuit against a former employee, reinstate her, and compensate other workers suspended during a dispute over health and safety conditions in the plant. The U.S. Labor Department said Tuesday that it reached a deal with the Renosol Seating, a unit of Lear Corp., and filed a joint motion asking the court to drop the Labor Department’s federal lawsuit against the manufacturer and three of its managers. Federal authorities alleged that the company retaliated against plant employees who complained that chemicals used in the production process ... Read More

Beasley Allen is one of a dozen firms leading Xarelto side effects litigation


Twelve plaintiff law firms from various parts of the country are involved in Xarelto side effects litigation, including Alabama law firm Beasley Allen. More than 9,000 lawsuits have been filed across the country against Johnson & Johnson, Janssen Pharmaceuticals, Bayer, and their related companies over claims that the top-selling blood thinner Xarelto, known chemically as rivaroxaban, caused bleeding injuries including gastrointestinal bleeds, brain hemorrhages and bleeding deaths. More than 7,000 of the lawsuits are in Louisiana, approximately 1,000 are on file in state court in Philadelphia, and an additional 1,000 are in Delaware. U.S. District Court Judge Eldon Fallon, who ... Read More

Publix Recalls Cookie Dough Ice Cream Over Listeria Concerns

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The cookie dough that triggered a recall of Blue Bell ice cream last month over possible Listeria monocytogenes contamination has now prompted a recall of ice cream made and sold by Publix Supermarkets. The Lakeland, Fla.-based grocery chain has issued a recall of its Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream after supplier Aspen Hills warned the company of potential Listeria contamination. Aspen Hills Inc. of Garner, Iowa, made the cookie dough used in certain Blue Bell and Publix ice cream. The Chocolate Cookie Dough ice cream was sold at Publix stores in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, North Carolina, South Carolina, and Tennessee with a ... Read More

Former Crimson Tide football player sues NCAA, SEC over head injuries

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Cole Harvey, former offensive lineman/tight end for the Alabama Crimson Tide, has filed a lawsuit against the NCAA and SEC, alleging the organizations “failed to adopt or implement adequate concussion management safety protocols or return to play guidelines,” his lawsuit alleges. The University of Alabama has governmental immunity and cannot be named in such lawsuits. Harvey signed with the team in 2005, but delayed enrollment until spring 2006. He participated in his first spring practice as a tight end but never played during a game. He was not on the roster for spring practice in 2007, the first year Nick ... Read More

Bipartisan group of Congressmen opposes DEA’s proposed scheduling of herbal supplement kratom

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Public opposition to the Drug Enforcement Agency’s (DEA) proposal to classify the herbal supplement Kratom as a schedule I drug along with drugs such as LSD, ecstasy and heroin, now has the backing of a bipartisan group of members of the U.S. House of Representatives. Kratom is derived from a tree grown in Southeast Asia and naturally contains euphoria-inducing ingredients mitragynine and 7-hydroxymitagynine. It has become increasingly popular as an alternative to opioids in both treating pain and easing opioid withdrawal. It is currently legal in the U.S., though some states, including Alabama, have banned the substance. The DEA is hoping ... Read More

Alabama ‘Pill Mill’ Doctor Pleads Guilty To Illegal Prescribing, Health Care Fraud

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A former Huntsville, Ala., physician who was the highest Medicare prescriber of opioid painkillers at the height of his practice in 2012, has pleaded guilty to criminal charges of illegally prescribing controlled substances and for health care fraud involving $9.5 million in unneeded and unused urine tests, which he billed to Medicare and Blue Cross Blue Shield of Alabama. The Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) for Alabama, which tracks the dispensing of prescription drugs and other controlled substances, and Medicare data revealed that Dr. Shelinder Aggarwal, 48, wrote more prescriptions for oxycodone, oxymorphone, hydromorphone, morphine, and other highly addictive opioid ... Read More

Concussion diagnoses skyrocket in recent years

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Concussion diagnoses in Alabama have increased by 4 percent in recent years, with a significant increase of 39 percent among young people between the ages of 10 and 19, according to a new study by Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama (BCBSA). Nationally, concussion diagnoses have increased by 40 percent in the U.S., but jumped a startling 70 percent among young people ages 10 to 19. The report, “The Steep Rise in Concussion Diagnoses in the U.S,” is a comprehensive study of medical claims for 936,630 diagnosed concussions suffered by Blue Cross and Blue Shield (BCBS) commercially insured members ... Read More

Listeria Concerns Trigger New Blue Bell Ice Cream Recall

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Blue Bell Ice Cream announced Wednesday that it is recalling two ice cream flavors over concerns they could be contaminated with listeria monocytogenes. The recall is the first the Brenham, Texas, ice cream manufacturer has launched since a listeria outbreak in April 2015 linked to its facilities and products nearly destroyed the company. The Blue Bell products recalled Wednesday are Blue Bell Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough half-gallon and pint sizes and half-gallon containers of Blue Bell Cookie Two Step. Both products contain cookie dough that could be contaminated with listeria. Although the new recall comes as Blue Bell continues to ... Read More

Colonial Pipeline Gas Leak Raises Concerns Regarding Benzene Contamination

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Nearly two weeks ago, a mining inspector in Shelby County, Ala., reported a gasoline odor. When the odor was investigated, a leak was discovered in the Colonial Pipeline, a 53-year-old main pipeline that carries refined petroleum from Houston all the way to New Jersey. Although a shutdown of the pipeline was initiated only 20 minutes after the leak was reported, 336,000 gallons of gasoline was lost. Public officials have claimed that the contamination of the spill is conveniently contained in mining property, with the only contaminated water being mining retention ponds. But the community around the spill site has expressed concern ... Read More

Investigation finds Alabama ranks No. 1 in prescription opioid use

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More addictive opioids are prescribed by Alabama doctors than in any other state, and drug companies are fanning the flames hiring 1,800 lobbyists and spending $880 million on campaign contributions since 2006 to push policies to protect profits, according to a joint investigation by The Associated Press and the Center for Public Integrity. Comparatively, citizens groups fighting the war on prescription drug abuse spend about $4 million. Opioids – a drug class that includes heroin, morphine and Oxycontin – are the most abused prescription drugs in the country. Some states and municipalities have taken opioid manufacturers to court, accusing them of ... Read More